The Wytches

‘Surf and doom’ trio the Wytches may spell their name as if they were from Medieval times but their dark psychedelic songs sound more like they’ve been conjured up during the hazy end of the sixties. The Brighton-based three piece have been working together since 2011 and are one of the first recipients of backing from the Momentum Music Fund. They’re planning on using the money to pay for the recording of their debut album with White Stripes producer Liam Watson.

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 2 Sep 2013
  • min read
Kristian Bell (vocals, guitar, organ), Mark Breed (guitar), Dan Rumsey (bass), Gianni Honey (drums) are The Wytches, a Brighton-based three piece who dip into a musical cauldron of dark psychedelia to conjure up their primal garage rock.

The band got together back in Peterborough before taking their ‘surf and doom’ music down to Brighton and hooking up with the charmingly named Hate Hate Hate Records to release their stinging, raw, guitar driven music. The likes of Digsaw, Beehive Queen and Crying Clown have all captured the essence of their demonic proto punk. These songs have hearts but ones which are as black as night.

These tasters of music have all been produced at Toerag Studios with Liam Watson, the lover of vintage studio gear and sonic expert responsible for Elephant by the White Stripes.

After a string of live dates with The Metz, Ice Age and Loom and a pair of triumphant gigs at Leeds and Reading Festival, the band are gearing up to record their debut album proper with Liam.

To help them on their way, The Wytches were last week announced as one of the first groups to benefit from the Momentum Music Fund. Along with the likes of Floating Points and Dutch Uncles, the band will receive financial backing to record and release their first full length record.

Check out their recent release Beehive Queen below as a premonition of what's to come from the band...